In an effort to keep up with this blog, I set the goal of writing 1~2 blog posts per week when I came back to blogging in September last year. I was keeping up with it, until the past 2 months.
I started to have writer’s block. My creativity and inspiration seems to come and go at random times and I can’t keep it at bay. Blogging seems to take a big chunk of my time as I want to do more research and check the facts (rather than solely relying on what I was told). It was stressing me out that I don’t have a quality article to post given my 1 week timeframe.
I have many ideas on blog topics but my brain refused to organize them and put them in sentences. I want to do the research and talk to my friends in other countries in order to make sure I have the facts and an even greater understanding. It was to the point that I don’t even want to work on it. I started have the image that even one blog post can take me days and days to write, re-write, edit, and proofread. It will take me a few more days to select and edit which photos to use.
Once I fell off my schedule, it was so hard to stay motivated and get back. I was thinking of excuses not to write anything. It is too time-consuming. I began to self-doubt. My blog ideas are not good enough for me to press the “Publish” button. What if I can’t come up with good content again? What if I write something subpar (My perfectionist self can take a toll on me at times)?
Since November last year, I started to jog every few days. I made one of my new year resolutions to stay fit and do cardio 2~3 times a week. I have been fairly consistent with it. Even on a very rainy day, I tried to find a time when the rain is taking a break and do my run.
About a week ago, I started to become more busy. I didn’t have time to run for almost a whole week. I can feel that my body already feels different. I didn’t want to run. My body is telling me “I’m tired” even though I have been inactive the whole day. A part of me is saying I should get back on track and start running again, the other part of me is thinking about how much I hate running in such cold weather. The “procrastinate till tomorrow” attitude kicked in.
Yesterday, I finally set aside some time for jogging during the day. Even though it has only been a week, it was impossible for me to keep up with my previous speed already.
With many things in life, even a few slip ups can have large impact on the overall progress. It is too easy to simply fall back into old habits. Consistency is key. I’m adding this to my resolution for 2015.